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Work of Art – Framework Review

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Released by: Frontiers Records

Release Date: September 23rd, 2014

Genre: AOR

Links: https://www.facebook.com/musicofworkofart

 

Line Up:

Lars Säfsund – vocals
Robert Säll – guitars, keyboards
Herman Furin – drums

 

Tracklist:

Time To Let Go; How Will I Know?
Shout ‘Till You Wake Up
Can’t Let Go; How Do You Sleep At Night?
Over The Line
The Machine
Hold On To Love
Natalie
The Turning Point
My Waking Dream

 

I think I knew that Work of Art was the “W” part of W.E.T., but it didn’t totally register with me. It was the one band of that group I was unfamiliar with. It’s pretty safe to say that I’m glad that has since been rectified. Despite being a fan of a lot of extreme metal bands, my main joy musically tends to be the more AOR melodic type stuff. When the “supergroup” of W.E.T. came together I was already a huge fan of Talisman and pretty much everything involving Jeff Scott Soto, and had a good knowledge of the band Eclipse. The name Work of Art didn’t register to me, and even until now when I heard the name again it still didn’t ring any bells. After hearing their new album Framework, that won’t happen again.

Framework is their third album, and if it’s any indication what the previous two are like, I will be immediately seeking them out. Full of soaring, sing-along chorus’, catchy guitar riffs, stunning vocals, and instantly memorable songs, WoA exemplifies everything that makes AOR the perfect soundtrack to anything. Harkening back to bands like Giant, Honeymoon Suite, Journey, and 80’s era Bad Company with Brian Howe, Work of Art have a sound and style that instantly gets the head bobbing and foot tapping. From the opening track “Time To Let Go” you know immediately that this album is going to be a stunner. It never let’s go either with standout’s like “How Will I Know,” “Can’t Let Go,” “Over the Line,” and “My Waking Dream.”

I absolutely loved this album and look forward to checking out the rest of their material. I see now why the W.E.T. project is so amazing: when you combine the forces of three outstanding AOR bands to form one super group, it stands to reason why the music would be so good. Work of Art definitely is a great, worthwhile band to check out. Now go away I’ve got some catching up to do. I give it 9 out of 10.

 

Written by Chris Martin

Ratings    Chris    9/10

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